New Work for Dude Girl Cycling

It’s always exciting to finally see a design project come to fruition. Months are spent sketching, selecting fabrics, developing prints, choosing colors, finalizing design details, working with factories, fitting the garments and getting samples made before the product is finally ready to be unveiled before store buyers.

I started working with Kim McElhinney from Dude Girl on a cycling jersey design project back in April. It’s my great pleasure to give you a sneak peak here of some of my new Dude Girl designs. They’re being introduced at the Interbike Show in Las Vegas later this week.

Working with Dude Girl has been rewarding for me on many levels. As an avid lifelong cyclist and former U.S.C.F. racer I find it very difficult to find cycling apparel that takes women seriously by offering graphics, color and fit that work for dedicated cyclists. The idea of wearing Pepto-Bismol pink flower jerseys that are flooding the market lately makes me think I might need a slug of the stuff!

When Kim and I hatched the idea of working together designing something different, something feminine without being flirty or fussy, I was ecstatic! Because she’s a hard-core cyclist, we speak the same language and the ideas flowed effortlessly. Kim’s passion, energy and dedication to her young business reminds me of myself when I started Isis. It’s really fun and inspiring to work with someone like her.

Ever since I first sewed cycling tights and warm-up jackets (out of wool!) on my mother’s sewing machine I’ve yearned to design women’s cycling apparel. My dream has come true! I’m very excited about my first-ever cycling collection, and thank you Kim for giving me the opportunity!

If you’re going to be at Interbike, stop by the Dude Girl booth #4805 and say “hi”!

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All photos: Daphne Hougard Photography

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5 comments on “New Work for Dude Girl Cycling

  1. Poppy – these are just so beautiful. What a great collaboration. I can’t wait to see amazing women wearing these kits all over the country!

  2. Hi Poppy, I am finally online again and love finding your fabulous Dude Girl bike clothes. I love the look and colors you create… distinctive, feminine and tough! Go Girl.
    I will be in touch.

  3. Just beautiful, Poppy!

  4. Hi Caroline, So far, those are the only pix I have. The photo shoot was just last Friday!

  5. caroline marston’s avatarcaroline marston on said:

    Bravo, Poppy! These shirts are fantastic, especially the sleeveless style. Any more pics??

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